It is a warm summer night in one of Europe's cities, pedestrians populate parks, sidewalk cafes, restaurants and bars. Out of a narrow side street, the gentle breeze carries notes from a sad and longing melody. Whoever seeks out the source of the music, discovers open windows and doors behind which a group of people seem to practice a strange dance.

The atmosphere inside is just a bit more intense than the airy mood of the streets. The dancing couples seem absorbed in the music and in each other, almost unconsciously whirling around in a bewildering complexity of steps and turns. To the untrained ear of the bypassers, the music seems to be old, and all played tunes seem to have the same bittersweet mood and rhythmic quality, evoking pictures of golden grammophone funnels and crackling records.

But when the person who seems to be selecting the tracks, the DJ of the event, plays an almost imperceptibly different set of tunes, the dance floor, which has been emptying and repopulating in clear, regular patterns for hours, suddenly stays empty. An angry murmur arises on several tables, and a number of patrons storm out into the night, beginning a lively discussion which cumulates in agreement: "You cannot dance tango to that rubbish".






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